Making cold rainy damp running FUN! Best advice for plowing through the chilly season.
Running, Walking, Jogging in cold temperatures. The seasons seem to change overnight. One day, you’re ticking off miles on a brisk, 60-degree afternoon with sunshine overhead; then the next morning, the temperature dips below freezing, and your route is dusted with snow. Particularly in the coming months, when there is snow on the ground and it is freezing cold, getting yourself outdoors to brave the weather will present a big challenge.
FOLLOW THIS TIPS WHEN IT COMES TO COLD WINTER RUNNING
AN ABSOLUTE MUST: WARMING UP
When it is particularly unpleasant outdoors, warm up at home. Good exercises for this are jumping jacks or walking high knees. But don’t work up too much of a sweat though, because you don’t want to start your run drenched in sweat.
The cold won’t bother you much if you warm up before your run.
BEAT THE WIND & RAIN
If it is not only cold but windy too, then choose a route in which you start running into the wind and finish with the wind at your back. Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn’t blast you after you’ve broken a sweat.
BE VISIBLE! RUNNING IN THE DARK
If you prefer morning or evenings when you go running in winter, make sure to wear the right gear for your safety. Besides headlamps, reflective vests, safety armbands and safety shoe clips, there are reflective running beanies, jackets and gloves for RUNNING IN THE DARK!
CHANGE YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE
Running in the cold is not for everyone, it can be uncomfortable and depending where you are in the world, it may be dangerous to run! Maybe a home workout or indoor cardio could be suitable for you. Change your fitness plan. This could a fun way of trying something new in your own home.
ENTER I CHALLENGE MYSELF VIRTUAL CHALLENGE
Great way to stay motivated and get out running is entering a challenge. I Challenge Myself has a running
in the rain challenge which gets you out running in the rain! NO EXCUSES! Also, their festive challenges explores fun medals which gives you a reason and motivation to exercise!
DON’T FORGET TO COOL DOWN
Our last tip! After you run, get somewhere warm as quickly as possible and take a shower or change into warm and dry clothes. If you are wrapped up nice and warm, you can do your cool-down stretches outdoors without the risk of catching a chill.